Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)

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The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) aims to ensure that Australians from low SES backgrounds who have the ability to study at university have the opportunity to do so. It provides funding to assist universities listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to undertake activities and implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds, as well as improving the retention and completion rates of those students.

 

In the MYEFO announcement of 18 December 2017, the Australian Government announced it will not proceed with a number of the higher education reform proposals announced in the 2017-18 Budget, including the previously proposed changes to the structure of the HEPPP. The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) will be maintained at the level of funding prior to that proposed in the 2017-18 Higher Education Reform Package. The Government’s new higher education measures will make Commonwealth support better targeted, make sure taxpayers receive value for money and help students make informed choices when it comes to study. For current information, visit the Government's Higher Education Reform Package webpage.

HEPPP Budget

$ millions

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Total 2017-18 – 2020-21

Budget 2017-18

140.2

145.5

150.5

156.0

592.2

HEPPP Evaluation

Information on the evaluation of the HEPPP including the evaluation report is available at the link below:

HEPPP Evaluation

Current HEPPP

The legislative authority for HEPPP is provided by the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the HEPPP guidelines are contained in the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012.

HEPPP has three components:

  • Participation
  • Partnerships
  • National Priorities Pool

Participation Component

The Participation component of HEPPP provides funding to universities to increase the participation of domestic students from low SES backgrounds in accredited undergraduate qualifications, and support the retention and success of those students. Funding is allocated to universities by formula based on the number of students from low SES backgrounds enrolled at each university.

Participation funding allocated to each university is shown in the following spreadsheet:

Partnerships Component

The Partnerships component of HEPPP provides funding to universities to raise the aspirations and build the capacity of people from low SES backgrounds to participate in higher education, by developing activities in partnership with primary and secondary schools, VET providers, other universities, State and Territory governments, community groups and other stakeholders.

Since 2013 funding has been allocated to universities by formula based on the number of students from low SES backgrounds enrolled at each university. Previously most Partnerships funding was allocated through competitive grants rounds. Projects funded through this component can be found on the following pages:

National Priorities Pool

The National Priorities Pool component provides funding for projects that support the more effective implementation of HEPPP nationally and at the institutional level.

2017

2016

2015

2014

HEPPP Access and Participation Plans

Access and Participation Plans are available at the link below:

HEPPP Access and Participation Plans

Further information

For further information, please contact the department at equity@education.gov.au